Skip to content

Your Cart


You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist

The Operas of Maurice Ravel


Part of Music in Context

  • Date Published: October 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107118126

£ 67.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Paperback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Maurice Ravel's operas L'Heure espagnole (1907/1911) and L'Enfant et les sortilèges (1919–25) are pivotal works in the composer's relatively small œuvre. Emerging from periods shaped by very distinct musical concerns and historical circumstances, these two vastly different works nevertheless share qualities that reveal the heart of Ravel's compositional aesthetic. In this comprehensive study, Emily Kilpatrick unites musical, literary, biographical and cultural perspectives to shed new light on Ravel's operas. In documenting the operas' history, setting them within the cultural canvas of their creation and pursuing diverse strands of analytical and thematic exploration, Kilpatrick reveals crucial aspects of the composer's working life: his approach to creative collaboration, his responsiveness to cultural, aesthetic and musical debate, and the centrality of language and literature in his compositional practice. The first study of its kind, this book is an invaluable resource for students, specialists, opera-goers and devotees of French music.

    • Presents previously unpublished or untranslated documentation to form an important contribution to documentary scholarship
    • Brings diverse analytical methods to bear on Ravel's compositional practice, with a particular focus upon language and literature, and the collaborative process
    • Unites biographical, cultural, historical, musical and literary perspectives on Ravel's operas
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    '… altogether this is a very fine piece of work, which anyone involved in performing either of Ravel's operas should read and re-read.' Roger Nichols, BBC Music Magazine

    'Scholars, singers, conductors, stage directors, and general readers hoping to gain a deeper understanding of the milieu in which these exquisite small operas were created will find illuminating insights and much to ponder.' Keith E. Clifton, Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107118126
    • length: 283 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 2 tables 92 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Making Operas:
    1. Introduction: 'a single act at the Opéra-Comique'
    2. Ravel's hour
    3. The Child and the impresarios
    Part II. Words and Music:
    4. The collaborative process
    5. Songs into operas
    6. 'This archaic attempt at a modern fantasy'
    7. A portrait of an opera-ballet
    Part III. The Compositional Web:
    8. The 'calling cards' of L'Heure espagnole
    9. From Carmen to Concepcion
    10. The 'big, small world' of L'Enfant et les sortilèges
    11. A child of his time

  • Resources for

    The Operas of Maurice Ravel

    Emily Kilpatrick

    General Resources

    Welcome to the resources site

    Here you will find free-of-charge online materials to accompany this book. The range of materials we provide across our academic and higher education titles are an integral part of the book package whether you are a student, instructor, researcher or professional.

    Find resources associated with this title

    Type Name Unlocked * Format Size

    Showing of

    Back to top

    *This title has one or more locked files and access is given only to lecturers adopting the textbook for their class. We need to enforce this strictly so that solutions are not made available to students. To gain access to locked resources you either need first to sign in or register for an account.

    These resources are provided free of charge by Cambridge University Press with permission of the author of the corresponding work, but are subject to copyright. You are permitted to view, print and download these resources for your own personal use only, provided any copyright lines on the resources are not removed or altered in any way. Any other use, including but not limited to distribution of the resources in modified form, or via electronic or other media, is strictly prohibited unless you have permission from the author of the corresponding work and provided you give appropriate acknowledgement of the source.

    If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

  • Author

    Emily Kilpatrick
    Emily Kilpatrick holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Adelaide, and has published widely on the music of Ravel and Fauré. She is co-editor, with Roy Howat, of the new Peters critical edition of Fauré's complete songs, a project based at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Emily also maintains an active performing career as a pianist and vocal accompanist, and regularly gives recitals, radio broadcasts, master classes and lectures on French opera and song.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.